UCSF Medical Center Ranks 1st Nationwide in Neuro, Among Top 10 Hospitals for 2021-22

Neurosurgeon Edward Chang, MD, performs brain surgery at UCSF. US News & World Report’s 2021-22 Best Hospitals survey ranked UCSF Medical Center as the nation’s top hospital for neurology and neurosurgery, which is part of the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences. Photo by Barbara Ries

UCSF Medical Center has been recognized as the nation’s top hospital for neurology and neurosurgery, and one of the nation’s top medical centers overall, in US News & World Report’s 2021-22 Best Hospitals survey.

The ranking, released on July 27, 2021, placed UCSF in the top 10 hospitals for the 23rd year and ranked ninth on the national honors list for best hospitals. This award is given to the 20 medical centers that provide the highest quality care in a variety of specialties, procedures and conditions.

UCSF Medical Center was ranked among the best in the nation in all 14 adult specialties it was rated for and in the top 10 hospitals in seven of those specialties: diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; geriatrics; neurology and neurosurgery; ophthalmology; psychiatry; and rheumatology.

Regionally, it was the top-ranked hospital in the San Francisco Metro Area and in Northern California overall. It was also ranked highest in Northern California in 11 specialty areas, including cancer, lung disease, and ophthalmology.

“This is a great honor that reflects our priority to provide the best care for our patients, including those who come to us for the most complex care,” said Mark R. Laret, chief executive officer and president of UCSF Health, which includes UCSF . Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals. “In the face of the global health crisis, our clinical teams have maintained their focus on the total health needs of our patients. I am so proud of the compassionate care they provide every day to the patients we serve.”

This is a great honor that reflects our priority to provide the best care for our patients, including those who come to us for the most complex care.

Mark R. Laret, chief executive officer and president of UCSF Health

The Best Hospitals survey also recognized UCSF with the highest ranking, “high performing,” in 14 specialty procedures: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair; back surgery* (spinal fusion); chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; colon cancer surgery; heart attack*; heart bypass surgery; congestive heart failure; broken hip*; hip replacement; kidney failure*; knee replacement; lung cancer surgery; pneumonia*; and stroke*. (* designates new categories this year)

“UCSF has a long history of excellence in translating science into innovative care that improves the lives of our patients,” said Sam Hawgood, MBBS, Chancellor of UC San Francisco. “These rankings — including the top spot in neurology and neurosurgery — show that our clinical teams, researchers and collaborators are building on that legacy.”

Neurology and neurosurgery are part of the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, which brings together world-class researchers with leading physicians to solve some of the most complex challenges in the human body.

In the annual survey, rankings for a dozen specialties are based on a comprehensive, data-driven analysis of performance in areas such as hospital volume, nursing staff, and patient outcomes. Rankings in ophthalmology, psychiatry and rheumatology are based solely on expert opinion. In 2016, the Honor Roll category was extensively revised to reduce the weight of expert opinion and increase the weight of objective factors.

The ranking of specialties has been published every year since 1990. This year’s ranking was drawn from a field of 4,750 medical centers evaluated in the United States, 175 of which were in at least one specialty.

UCSF Health is recognized worldwide for its innovative patient care, which reflects the latest medical knowledge, advanced technologies and groundbreaking research. It includes the flagship UCSF Medical Center, which is among the top 10 hospitals nationwide, as well as UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals (Oakland and San Francisco), Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics, UCSF Benioff Children’s Physicians, and the UCSF Faculty Practice. These hospitals serve as the academic medical center of the University of California, San Francisco, which is world-renowned for its university-level health science education and biomedical research. UCSF Health has ties to hospitals and health organizations throughout the Bay Area.

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